What is Gluten Intolerance & Sensitivity?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, oats, and spelt, as well as countless processed foods like pizza, wraps, frozen/packaged foods, and bread, to name a few. Until recently, healthcare providers considered Celiac Disease (a severe autoimmune disease triggered by a gluten component) to be the only gluten-related illness.
The providers at Tomball Women's Healthcare Center view your body's unique response to gluten on a spectrum, with some degree of Gluten Intolerance & Sensitivity affecting many women. Gluten Intolerance & Sensitivity occurs when your body "overreacts" to gluten by triggering inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and throughout the body. Your provider can order a IgG blood test to measure antibodies, made by your body's immune system. This test helps to determine the presence and degree of Gluten Intolerance & Sensitivity, in addition to other foods you may be sensitive to.
How will my Gluten Intolerance & Sensitivity be treated?
Gluten Intolerance & Sensitivity is often treated with an elimination diet, tailored to address your dietary sensitivities and your symptoms. Your provider may also suggest vitamins and nutritional supplements to optimize your body's healing during the treatment. You may experience relief from various symptoms of Gluten Intolerance & Sensitivity, such as:
- Abdominal cramping
- Bloating & gas
- Joint pain
- Migraines or headaches
- Chronic eczema or acne
- Chronic fatigue
- Brain fog